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Friday, December 02, 2005

News bytes

- The New York Times say that George W. Bush "needs to get out more":

"Mr. Bush travelled 32 miles from the White House to the Naval Academy and spoke to yet another of the well-behaved, uniformed audiences that have screened him from the rest of America lately. If you do not happen to be a midshipman, you'd have to have been watching cable news at midmorning on a weekday to catch him."

- After "liberation", Iraq now has a free press. Well, not quite.

- Former president of the Victorian Liberal Party, Michael Kroger, explains how John Howard "understands" Australians. The Murdoch press publishes yet another propaganda piece by a usual suspect.

- Iraqi blogger Salam Pax is back.

- Islamophobia is breaking out across Europe. The new hatred has arrived.

- Is the US training Iraqi death squads to battle the insurgency?

- Bob Woodward may have helped bring down Richard Nixon but his critical faculties have departed during the reign of George W. Bush. All that access to the Bush cabal has gone to little Bobby's head.

- Ariel Sharon won't tolerate a nuclear Iran. How many countries don't accept Israel's massive nuclear arsenal? Israel and the US have no right to be lecturing anybody on nuclear technology or weaponry.

- ABC cleaned up last night's Walkley Awards, journalism's highest honour. Indonesia correspondent Tim Palmer won the Gold Walkley. It was a great night at Luna Park and the steak was well cooked. Interesting how TV journalists look so much younger on screen than in person. I'm glad ABC and SBS won so many of the major awards, giving confidence to the national broadcasters in times of ever-growing government attack.

14 Comments:

Blogger neoleftychick said...

"Islamophobia?" These people are freaking unbelievable. First they still other people's holy sites and cities. How many times have you heard how important Jerusalem is to Muslims. It's their "thrid" holiest city! And why is it a "holy" city? Because for its entire history, islam has copied and stolen.

Then they stole the Holocaust with their al-nakbha whingeing and whining.

And now, it's all "Islamophobia."

WHY are you people so gullible?

Friday, December 02, 2005 2:06:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

"Because for its entire history, islam has copied and stolen."

Mmmm, how insightful. I'm sure you know many Muslims who share your view.

Friday, December 02, 2005 2:12:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

antony

No I don't. But why would I? I don't expect rational ideas from cultists no matter WHAT cult they are in, whether it's a Bushbot, a crazed Jew with long curly bits dangling while he bashes his head against a wall, a whingeing Muslim or a member of The Greens!. :)

Friday, December 02, 2005 2:24:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I suppose you would nto thnk to question the repeated accoutns fo anit-Semitism breaking across Europe, but mention anti inslamisc sentiment and we're gullible?

Lefty, yo might need a lesson or two in history. When Salladin took Jerusalem, he ordered that the Christina churhches be allowed to stayt and christians be allowed to practice heir faith.

Islam has copied and stolen. What were the Crusades about? Giving back to the people? What have missions accomplished apart from poisoning tribed aroudn the world? What did the Chrsitians do to the North American Indians in the name of religion.

You call us gullible?

Friday, December 02, 2005 2:24:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addam

WTF? The Crusades? Did you REALLY just mention "The Crusades?" How the hell can we expected to try and live side by side with you people when you are still stick in the 11th century? I couldn't give a rat's ass about the freaking Crusades.

Live in the Now!

Friday, December 02, 2005 2:57:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"Because for its entire history, islam has copied and stolen."

I didn't notice you make any reference to any particular braket of time. Entire history is pretty ludircours and sweeping statement. If you want to talk about the here and now, I suggets you start being a lot more specific.

I was merely pointing out how blatantly false and miopic your statement was.

Friday, December 02, 2005 3:10:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addam

My statement is in reference to the latest sneaky propoganda of whigeing about "Islamophobia." This is ANOTHER example of them misappropriating terms from Jews.

Friday, December 02, 2005 3:17:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Given the light of attention that has been shon on muslims and Arabs in the world of late, and the fact that Arabs and muslims are profiled in the US and the UK, I would hardly consider the notion of bringing attention to this reality to be sneaky.

Friday, December 02, 2005 3:27:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addamo

Oh boo hoo The poor Muslims! The awful westerners and their "orientalism" just started paying attention to them because they were bored, did they?

Poor muslim Arabs, always being picked on. First the Persians, then the Crusaders, then the Spanish, then the Mongols, then the Turks, then Napoleon, the British, "the Jews", the Americans, oh, and did I mention, "The Jews."

Boo hoo. All they want to do pray and spread good-tidings to all.

Poor dears.

Please.

Friday, December 02, 2005 3:31:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Was that supposed to be a rebutal? At what point does your hear start spinning and green soup come pouring from your mouth?

The westerners have only ever paid attatention to Muslims becasue of what lied under their feet.

Friday, December 02, 2005 3:37:00 pm  
Blogger Stev said...

Just to clarify NLC - when you talk about Islam 'misappropriating terms from Jews', are you really saying that it's okay for Jews to have a term that coins sentiment against their cultural/religious group (antisemitism), but Islamic people are not allowed the same (Islamaphobia)? Just want to be certain I understand where you're coming from...

Friday, December 02, 2005 4:19:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

It does appear that you are using the terms normally reserved for Europe's irrational antisemitism where upon they blamed all of their ills on non-exiatant activity by the Jews, with the recent hatred and fear of things islamic over the very real events of 9/11, 7/11, Britians subway and bus explosions, beheadings of charity workers in islamic countries, assassinations of film makers in Holland, so on and so forth?

Saturday, December 03, 2005 1:34:00 am  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

stev

I am not saying they are "not allowed" but I am very wary of the political ploys of mililant Muslims to neutralise the realities of Jewish history by directly misappropriating Jewish religious edicts, holy, sites, land, and now revisionist history.

That's all.

Saturday, December 03, 2005 8:04:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

'Poor muslim Arabs, always being picked on.'

Indeed. Someone of your ethnic provenance ought to think carefully of the precedents for this singling out and the 'reasons' for it. What goesw around comes around, if not to you then to your children. I can't imagine them thanking you, unless you successfully implant your own intolerance into them.

Sunday, December 04, 2005 4:09:00 pm  

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